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How to work safely at height

Date posted: 19 September 2012

When completing DIY tasks around the home, heights always present a problem due to the fact that you want to make sure that you complete all tasks without causing any harm to yourself.  For this reason, you will want to look over some safe ways to get to high levels without worrying about falls or other problems. 

Many times a problem can be prevented by simply using a ladder that is the right height, instead of straining to reach something out of your grasp. If you do not own the proper height ladder for a one time task, you may want to look into a ladder hire to make sure that you can complete the job safely.

Before you start any job you want to make sure that all of the hazards or obstacles surrounding the area that you will be working in are removed. In addition, you should remove any slip hazards or spills on the ground that may cause problems with your ladder hire the correct ladder for the job is the number one rule. You may find that a basic ladder is not what you need so take advice from the experts at the local hire provider about access hire. 

In addition, you will want to be careful when choosing proper clothing for working at height. Flat shoes with a non-slip sole are the best choice as are clothes that are not loose so that they do not get stuck on anything. Depending on what you are working on, there are a variety of different types of platforms and ladders that you can look into. 

If you just need to reach the roof of your home to check the gutters or adjust a satellite dish then hiring a ladder may be all you need to safely finish the task. On the other hand, if you are repainting or doing major work on your entire home then you may want to look into a platform hire as this will allow you continuous support and safety while above the ground.

Also, you will need to think about the type of tools that you are going to use while you are working at height, because lightweight small tools are easy enough to use as long as you select the correct ladder hire equipment, but larger tools can present a real safety issue if you do not have anywhere to place them.  In this type of situation platform hire may be the best choice. This way you do not have to worry about the tools falling or about losing your balance from the weight of the tools.

Finally, you need to think about the weather before you attempt to climb any ladder, if the weather is poor, work from a platform or erect an access tower. Windy conditions and rainy conditions are considered hazards while at greater heights, and can sometimes mean the difference between safety and a fall that could lead to serious injury. 

Remember that a task can always wait one more day until the weather is better to be completed, but an injury could take months or years to recover from and judge your decision appropriately.

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